Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To expose to radiation.
  • intransitive verb To treat with radiation.
  • intransitive verb To shed light on; illuminate.
  • intransitive verb To manifest in a manner suggesting the emission of light; radiate.
  • intransitive verb To send forth rays; radiate.
  • intransitive verb To become radiant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To subject to the therapeutic action of the Röntgen or other rays.
  • Illuminated; made brilliant or splendid.
  • To illuminate or shed light upon or into; make luminous or clear; light up; enlighten.
  • To make splendid or glorious; confer honor or dignity upon; exalt; adorn.
  • To radiate into; penetrate by radiation.
  • To emit rays; shine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To emit rays; to shine.
  • adjective Illuminated; irradiated.
  • transitive verb To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten; to adorn with luster.
  • transitive verb To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate.
  • transitive verb To animate by heat or light.
  • transitive verb To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
  • transitive verb To expose to radiation of any kind, especially ionizing radiation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To throw rays of light upon; to illuminate; to brighten; to adorn with luster.
  • verb transitive To enlighten intellectually; to illuminate; as, to irradiate the mind.
  • verb transitive To animate by heat or light.
  • verb transitive To radiate, shed, or diffuse.
  • verb intransitive To emit rays; to shine.
  • verb transitive To treat (food) with ionizing radiation in order to destroy bacteria
  • adjective Illuminated; irradiated; made brilliant or splendid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb expose to radiation
  • verb cast rays of light upon
  • verb give spiritual insight to; in religion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin irradiāre, irradiāt-, to illuminate : in-, on; see in– + radiāre, to shine; see radiate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin irradiatus

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